Toyota Female Exec's Exit And Japan's Push For Women Leaders
Top Toyota executive Julie Hamp's resignation has dinged Japan's efforts to put more women in leadership roles.By Jamal Andress | July 1, 2015
Just three months after making history as the first female executive at the world's largest car company, Julie Hamp is resigning as Toyota's chief communications officer after being arrested on drug charges.
Hamp was arrested June 18 after allegedly shipping oxycodone tablets to her Japan address from the United States. Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, requires prior approval to be transported overseas, and it must be carried by the individual to whom it's prescribed.
Hamp told police she didn't know the substance was illegal to import, and at the time, Toyota President Akio Toyoda backed her up.